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Local files

Make Spotify your all-in-one music player.

In addition to over 35 million tracks we offer, you can also use your Spotify app to play music files stored on your computer (which we call "local files").

Note: Files or downloads from illegal sources are not permitted.

  1. Click  in the top-right corner of the app and select Settings
  2. Scroll down to Local Files
  3. Any files in My Music and Downloads are automatically selected. Switch off any sources you don't want Spotify to access. 
  4. Click ADD A SOURCE to select another folder. 

Supported file types:

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4 (if QuickTime is installed on your computer)

Note: The iTunes lossless format (M4A) is not supported.

Note: This feature isn't available for the free version of Spotify on mobile. Find out more about Spotify free on mobile.

For: Premium

  1. Import your local files to Spotify using the desktop app (see "Desktop" instructions above).
  2. Add the files to a playlist.
  3. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi network as your desktop app.
  4. Select the playlist containing the local files.
  5. Switch on Download.

Didn’t work?

If after adding them to the desktop app you don’t see them on your mobile or tablet, check the following:

  • You're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and your mobile or tablet.
  • Your devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • You have the latest version of the Spotify app installed (on both devices).
  • Your device's firmware is up-to-date. 

Need help?

Note: Files or downloads from illegal sources are not permitted.

Spotify supports the following file types: 

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4 (if QuickTime is installed on your computer)

The iTunes lossless format (M4A) is not supported.

We’ll do our best to match any unsupported local files with songs from the Spotify catalog.

Some of your tracks may be protected in restricted formats. You can install QuickTime on your desktop to allow most of these tracks to be played on Spotify.

If Spotify can’t import a file, we’ll do our best to match it with songs from the Spotify catalog. The version we match with might differ from the original. 

Last updated: 06 August, 2018